Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.
In a mixer, combine the shortening, butter, brown sugar, egg, molasses, and vanilla. Beat until fully combined. Add the flour mixture and beat just until the mixture forms into a dough. Using a spatula, give the dough a final mix by hand.
Pour the granulated sugar into a small bowl. Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and roll in the sugar. Place on the baking sheets 2 inches apart